At a recent Knit and Natter evening one of the lovely ladies brought along a book for us all to look at. The title of the book is “Knitted garments for all the family” and it is written by Dorothy M Beckett and was published by Odhams Press circa 1944. To say we all got a fit of the giggles is a bit of an understatement but the thought of knitted swimwear and underwear was the cause of much hilarity!!. Posted by Joanne
My current knitting project is a smock top for me using a King Cole pattern and some of their ‘Moods’ yarn and hopefully I will like it when it is finished. I have a habit of enjoying the knitting or learning the technique but not liking the garment on me when it’s complete!
This week saw the start of a regular ‘crafty gathering’ of those interested in hand crafts. Held in a local wine bar we couldn’t have picked a worse night having had snow all day – but a fair few hardy souls (or possibly Mums that wanted to escape the bath and bed routine for a night!) did turn out and a lovely evening was had by all.
Our son was about 18 months old when his Nanna made him his first hoodie from James C Brett Marble DK and he practically lived in it until he out grew it. The pattern was by Sirdar but I think its out of print now though there are other similar ones available.
We've been pleasantly surprised by the number of visitors that the shop is getting from overseas. We're pleased to announce that we are now able to ship internationally for those customers paying via Paypal.
Phew what a busy week it's been this week. Firstly we have been kept on our toes keeping up with pre Christmas deliveries. We expected things to start getting quiet but it seems that there is plenty of last minute knitting going on especially ruffle scarfs.
We've been asked a few times what are our last posting dates for pre Christmas delivery.
We had just taken a delivery of the Schoeller + Stahl Big Ball Yarn and before it was even in the stock room Jo was knitting herself a scarf! Below is the pattern that she created. It makes a scarf that is 170cm x 17cm approx. The end result is a lovely long cosy scarf that's perfect for the school run on chilly days. This is a quick knit and suitable for all levels of knitters.
The Big Issue are attempting to break the world record for the largest number of people knitting simultaneously on 17th November. They are holding a "knitahon" and are asking everyone to knit a 6inch square and send it in to them where all the squares will be joined to make one hopefully world record breaking quilt. In addition to knitting squares they are encouraging charitable knitters to knit hats and scarves then sell them to raise money for The Big Issue. Ebay have special rates for charitable sales so that is well worth investigating. Also with Christmas approaching there are sure to be opportunities to sell your knits at the various autumn markets and fairs.
If you or your local Knit and Knatter group are interested in getting involved then click here for more details
Love Wool UK is running from 15th to 21st October. Promoted by the Campaign For Wool it's being billed as a "free-style celebration". They're looking knitters and farmers to show their support. Anything goes as long as it involves wool!